surprise me any. -But you will get it?
-Oh, yes, I will. It is not particularly large, but has no defect and the cut is exquisite. It will bethe perfect engagement ring.That last was said as if nothing as she blinked. -You look surprised.
She had suspected that Richard was serious, but, not being sure of herself or what hewanted, did not know whether to be flattered or anxious.Richard, having acknowledged his doubts, had waited patiently, without pressure. Until now.He stared into the light of the streetlights. -You probably already know I love you and want to marry you, right?
Despite being aware that he expected some sort of response to that statement, surprised bythe suddenness of it, remained silent while his thoughts were in turmoil. He was the only sonof an aristocrat, attractive, charismatic, polite and considerate. A brilliant brain and asuperlative knowledge of world stock markets had become wealthy in their own right andhighly respected in financial circles.She was twenty years. If you wasted that opportunity, I would be quite a few more, especiallywith men like him. And I wanted a home and children while still young. After a moment he added: -If the answer is yes, how about after the auction if we go to my apartment?
Besides the great house that were in Lombard Beaumont Square, and she was alreadyfamiliar, Richard had a great suite at a hotel in Park Lane, she did not know. As conventional as it was in many ways, he was making it very clear that although he hadaccepted a more or less platonic until then was not willing to continue.It was time to make decisions. And what would she do? Already for more than four years since her life had beendestroyed. He was very fond of Richard, so I probably could leave the past behind and startliving again, right?Could he give a commitment that he was asking? -Well, my dear? - He insisted.
She looked into her eyes. -Yes, I would.
He took her hand, smiling triumphantly. -I do not see the need for compromise so long, how about if we marry in spring?
A moment later they got to where he was going to hold the auction.Before the fence was a uniformed policeman and, after checking the invitation of Richard,made them happen.The driver went to the parking, and full of cars. -No need to wait for us, Smithers - Richard told -. Return by taxi.
Once inside the mansion, left their coats in the cloakroom and a moment later, were treatedby the host, a noble ruin, she learned it later .They met with the other guests in the lounge and Richard introduced her to someacquaintances.During the excellent buffet, where the champagne flowed freely, Richard seemed to be socalm and relaxed as ever, but she felt excited beneath the surface of calm.When it was time they all went to the room where the auction would be held. At the entrancewere given a show catalog before their seats. A thin man with short blond hair, took his place at the table, hit with a hammer and started theauction. At first, Richard showed no interest in jewelry that appeared.Then the auctioneer cleared his throat and announced: -The final batch is a first water diamond known as the Van Hamel...
He continued to explain its origins, before adding: -Is this reasonable that we start the auction with a starting bid two hundred and fiftythousand pounds?The bidding began carefully, while trying to measure stakeholder opposition. Richard watchedand waited, very still.Only when the price had reached three hundred fifty thousand pounds joined the bidding.Two of the other two parties surrendered immediately, leaving Richard faced a pleasant-looking lady, middle-aged, whom he had previously identified as an intermediary. A ruby glowed on his hand every time I get up. The price rose further fifty thousand pounds